Saturday, Feb. 13 was the Second Annual Chili Cook-Off at our favorite watering hole, Longshots. We participated last year and didn’t want to miss this year. We were just coming off of a 9-day all-inclusive vacation so we were both very tired and adjusting to real life again. We were certainly more quiet this year than last year. I entered a chili and there were 6 entries total. There was a lot more last year so I’m not sure why the smaller field? But, those that entered were all delicious. Hopefully a few more people step up next year and they are a few more entries. Results are below.
I got People’s Choice! That was pretty cool. I won some money and promised Dale I’d earmark the cash for a future visit to Longshots when I was feeling more myself. We didn’t stick around too long because later in the evening was Comedy Night at the City Hall in Hazen. The doors opened at 7 p.m. and the show started at 9 p.m. As anyone who lives in a small town probably knows, this was a big deal. I don’t think our community has ever brought in a comedian before? The Chamber of Commerce put on the event and it was definitely a success!
There was a great turnout – over 100 people easily. It is so awesome to see friends, people I know and people I usually don’t see out and about supporting events. I sit on the Chamber of Commerce and our group struggles with comments from the community who want events to attend but they don’t want to pay to attend them. Any event planner knows this is basically impossible unless you have a sponsor. We try to do events for the community without asking for a sponsor as the local business already support so much. We generally aren’t looking to make much money but to cover our expenses and hopefully a little bit more for operating costs.
The bar was certainly a hot spot! The comedian was great entertainment on a cold winter day. You could buy a ticket in advance for a couple for only $15 – at the door it was $20. Or a single was $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (I think.) So super affordable. The bar was set up and you could buy mixed drinks or beer. Krause’s provided the bar goods and volunteers bartended, took tickets and helped with set up and tear down. A local Relay for Life team had set out bowls of snack mix you could take for any donation you wished to give. This was a great idea as the snack mix was flying out of there!
While the attendance was great, I am always slightly disheartened when people I know who go to the bar or like social events aren’t there to support the community – in particular, young people. As mentioned above, we had just returned from a long vacation and we were WIPED but I wanted to support the event and my friends who put it on. I’m so glad we went. I know people are busy and have other events they attend making it impossible to go everywhere. But when you go next door to the bar and see people sitting in there it stings. Sometimes those are the ones who complain the most if you know what I mean.
The comedian was Spencer Dobson and he was very funny. We weren’t sure what to expect but to me it was a perfect mix of dirty (but not TOO dirty) and just funny. He went for about an hour or a bit longer and that was also a perfect amount to keep our attention without getting antsy. He is from North Dakota so knows “our” humor and threw in some small town jokes. He also animates his own jokes online so he is very talented. I would highly recommend him to any other Chamber for a night out of fun. He did mention he can cater his show to any crowd in case you don’t care for the dirty humor – think some dick jokes, sex jokes, some swear language, etc.
In conclusion, don’t forget to support your small town community. You might even find yourself having fun! Enjoy!